Andrian Kreye

IDEAS PERSON

Editor, Arts and IDEAS, Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Munich

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What’s the job of a journalist? “Educate, uncover, reveal,” the Enlightenment-era newspaper innovators of the 17th century would argue. Hundreds of years later, Andrian keeps these values alive as the editor of the Arts & Ideas section of Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the largest German-language daily.

Before joining Sueddeutsche Zeitung in 2000, Andrian had written numerous feature stories for magazines in Europe and the U.S. For ten years he served as a contributing editor to the weekend magazine of the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine, and was one of the founding editors of Tempo, the “Magazine for Zeitgeist” based in Hamburg. From 1987 to 2006, he lived and worked in New York (from 2000 to 2006 as Sueddeutsche's U.S. cultural correspondent).

Andrian is the producer of several award-winning documentaries and the author of five books: an exploration of minority cultures in the U.S. (Uprise of the Ghettos), a collection of short stories (Grand Central), reports on New York (Broadway at Canal), an anthology of his experiences in hot spots such as Bosnia, Colombia, Rwanda, and Sudan (Dispatches from the Combat Zone), and most recently a book about artificial intelligence (A Creation Mandate for Machines). He continues to seek foreign territory, a drive which has led him to currently explore the state of artificial intelligence.

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